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    November 16, 2012
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that's "special report" for tonight. i'm chris wallace in washington. keep it here on fox where more news is always on the way. >> an explosion rocks another gulf oil platform two years after the worst offshore oil disaster in our nation's history. tonight the desperate search for missing workers. and lawmakers putting the pressure on former c.i.a. director general david petraeus to find out what really happened during the terrorist attack on americans in benghazi. he reportedly believed all along it was a terrorist attack. >> talking points that came from the c.i.a. specifically mentioned al-qaeda and when the talking points were finalized, all the reference to al-qaeda were taken out. >> now lawmakers want to know who made those changes before ambassador susan rice talked to the media. >> she used the unclassified talking points that were signed
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off on by the entire intelligence community. >> tonight the fight to get to the truth on capitol hill. witnesses now describing what happened when a train slamd into a parade float carrying military veterans. >> saw the truck crossing the tracks about halfway across the gate started coming down. >> just saw people under the train. >> maybe one of the most tragic events we've had in our town. >> we're investigating the terrible crash in texas. and a mom and a daughter finding decades old love letters in the aftermath of super storm sandy. >> they're so delicate. >> there isn't much more to tell you. i love you very much. >> in moments, the love story that transcended time. this is the fox report. i'm harris faulkner in for shepard smith. former c.i.a. director david petraeus says he knew from the
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start the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya was terrorism. that's according to lawmakers who heard his testimony today on capitol hill. we'll have to take their word because the hearings were closed to the public. one republican congressman saying he said government officials changed the c.i.a. talking points about the attack to remove any mention of al-qaeda. >> talking points were drafted with specifically about al-qaeda affiliates, they didn't have it in front of them and they said that was did she it had to go through the process. it seemed unclear. that was taken out. >> earlier on studio b, a democrat, at the same hearing, says general petraeus also told them officials made the changes to protect classified information. >> they didn't want to be specific as to the precise group they thought was responsible or groups because there may have been multiple groups involved, multiple groups of terrorists or extremists. but it was done to prospect classified information and he was very clear this was never
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done for political purpose. this wasn't manipulated by the white house. >> senate democrats say the entire intelligence community signed off on the talking points. u.n. ambassador susan rice used on several tv shows on the sunday morning five days after the attack. at the same time she said the violence started out as a spontaneous reaction to protest over an anti-islamic video. we now know that wasn't true. katherine herrage was on capitol hill for the hearings. she's live in our dc news room. what do we know about the c.i.a. talking points? >> thank you, good evening. a congressional source with knowledge of the classified testimony tells fox news that the c.i.a. talking points were changed, the language about al-qaeda affiliated individuals was replaced with extremist organization. republicans say this was an effort to minimize or down play the role of terrorism in the benghazi attack itself. the c.i.a. talking points were put through what's called an interagency review. once they left headquarters at langly, the review including
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input and editing from other intelligence agencies, as well as the justice, state department, and their related media offices. most democrats maintain the final version of the talking points had changes, but they were made to protect that classified information and in two days of hearings, none of the witnesses, including the most senior officers of the intelligence and law enforcement communities, could say for sure who made the time edits and whether ambassador rice was working from the same document. >> we've already heard on fox report from members of the house. what about the senate intelligence committee? >> the leadership of the senate intelligence committee, they were divided with a ranking republican claiming ambassador rice and the administration politicized those talking points. >> she went beyond that and she even mentioned that under the leadership of barak obama, we have decimated al-qaeda. she knew at that point in time that al-qaeda was very likely responsible in part or in whole for the death of ambassador stevens.
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>> i really think ambassador rice has been treated unfairly. >> congressional source told fox news that rice had access to unclassified and classified information and could is easily learned that by september 14, f.b.i. agents had determined there was no protest at that consulate based on interviews with the diplomatic security agents. >> of course, we'll stay on this story as it continues to unfold. katherine, thank you very much. a warning tonight from the terrorist organization hamas. the message? no place in israel is safe. the militants say they're making that point clear by launching rockets at jerusalem in tel aviv. nobody reported hurt in those attacks and the rocket hamas fired at jerusalem actually landed outside the city. it's the first time a palestinian rocket has hit anywhere near jerusalem since 1970. in fact, targeting that city is something of a risk for militants because first of all, hundreds of thousands of
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palestinians live there. and the area where the rocket landed is just a short distance away from the mosque, the third holiest site in all of islam. meanwhile, israeli air strikes slammed into palestinian territory in gaza for the third straight day and the israeli military called up thousands of reservists, a potential precursor to a ground war. >> we are preparing for any possibility, a ground operation is a possibility, although it hasn't been decided on at this point. >> all this just days after the israeli army reported it had killed a top hamas commander in an air strike. defense officials saying this video shows that take down. and at this hour, neither the israelis or hamas showing any sign of backing down. no sign that the days ahead hold anything besides more bloodshed and more killing. david lee miller reporting near gaza at the border and joins us live. david lee? >> at this hour, israel continues to prepare for that
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possible ground war. shortly before we went on the air, off in the distance we could hear what sounded like israeli tanks rolling in the direction of the border. now israel has approved the mobilization of 75,000 reservists. today alone, 150 rockets were fired from gaza. about half of them were intercepted by the entry missile defense system. as you mentioned, one of those rockets landed in jerusalem. residents there went running to bomb shelters, shelters that they have not used now for more than three decades. hamas also released a video of that rocket being fired. they said it was an iranian made rocket. many of them have already been destroyed by the israeli air force. also for the second straight day, tel aviv was hit. no injuries there as well. but after the sirens were heard wailing throughout the city, people went about their business as usual. one couple that we caught up with was getting married this
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evening and they took photos outside a bomb shelter. listen. >> yeah. a bit nervous. i think more of the wedding, less from the rockets. >> israel during the past several hours continues to pound gaza. they're targeting specifically these rockets. they're targeting the launching sites, as well as the militants themselves. we are told that in the last few hours, there have been two targeted assassinations in gaza. the death toll now stands, at least 27 palestinians have been killed in this conflict and three israelis. and at this hour, it looks increasingly likely that death toll is only going to continue to increase. harris. >> i see that you're wearing a bullet proof vest. i saw it during the day. you had a helmet on at times, just to kind of spell out the randomness that this violence
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can bring. >> that's right. these rockets and mortars do not discriminate, especially because many of the weapons that the palestinian militants are firing, they're unguided systems. they sort of fire them in the air in the direction where they think they're targets and they hope for the best. not far from where i'm standing, harris, a number of mortars landed. so better safe than sorry, as it goes. >> absolutely. david lee miller reporting live near the gaza border. thank you. when things heated up between israelis and palestinians in the past, we could often count on egypt to try to calm the chaos. this time it's a new egypt with a new leader and that could mean new complications for the u.s. and israel. a look at that coming up inside the fox report. here at night fall, the search is on. the coast guard look for two missing oil rig workers. we reported for hours on this friday the news as it was breaking on the explosion off the coast of louisiana. that platform burned.
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the fire is out now. it happened in the gulf of mexico about 25 miles southeast of grand isle. houston-based black elk energy confirmed all of this. hospital officials in new orleans saying they're treating four workers who are in critical condition with second and third degree burns over much of their bodies. the coast guard reports using helicopters and boats now to try to find the workers who were still missing. this comes just one day after oil giant bp agreed to felony charges and a record $4.5 billion settlement for the 2010 deep water horizon disaster. phil keating with the news live from south florida now. what triggered today's fire? >> it appears to be a maintenance crew using a blade saw to cut some pipe. that shot spark noose some spilled oil. thus causing the fire and causing some serious consequences. this all happened about 25 miles southeast of grand isle, louisiana. the fire only burned for about an hour and a half. so the platform itself is not believed to be in danger of
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collapsing as did bp's deep water horizon rig 2 1/2 years ago. black he will o'clock energy sent this showing the section of pipe being cut when the fire started. >> the oil, the platform was confirmed shut in before -- before they started work. nonproduction platform at the time. >> several of those workers medivaced to la will being treated for severe burns and the latest word from the coast guard, they are still searching for the two missing workers. >> i read this is a far different type of operation than the deep water horizon. >> yeah, very different. same gulf of mexico, the one is shallow operation, another is deep water operation. the deep water horizon rig, which exploded 2 1/2 years ago, that was an exploratory rig. that struck when workers were trying to cap that well head to come back later for oil pumping.
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today this black elk energy fire have it on a platform atop of things. oil sheen was spotted about 200 yards wide and half mile long, quarter mile long out there in the gulf of mexico. but the coast guard determined that the size of this oil spill out in the gulf is very minimal. >> phil keating, thank you very much. right now a chemical plant on fire in garland, texas. this is just a few miles northeast of dallas. new pictures coming into fox news. firefighters trying to and thosg some 50 feet into the air. it's the nexeo solutions plant. it's related to the production of valvoline oil and other products. a spokesperson says all 41 workers at the plant are safe, but officials are evacuated people who live within a quarter mile of this plant. a temporary flight restriction is now in place. so our news choppers had to
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leave the area and prevent us from bringing you live pictures. but these are fresh ones coming in to fox news. the fire captain says he's not sure what started this fire which began about three hours ago. he says it took firefighters some time to even get close to it because of how close those chemical storage tanks are to one another and the intense heat. more details on this as we get them. we are now hearing from witnesses who were describing what happened when a train slamd into a parade float that was filled with u.s. military veterans. plus how some of those veterans raced to help the survivors in the moments after the crash. stay close americans are always ready to work hard for a better future. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries. the strength of a global financial leader.
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two trucks had been pulling flat beds carrying the vets and their wives. they were going to a banquet to honor the heros home from war. here is a look now. the trucks were he headed down west wall street. they made a left-hand turn on south garfield and headed south for about a dozen blocks. crowds cheering as they rolled along. when they reached the train tracks, police say the first truck made it across okay. but the second trailer couldn't clear the tracks and the train slammed right into it. >> i saw the truck crossing the tracks about halfway across the gate started coming down. the truck tried to blow his horn to get the other people in front of him out of the way. the gates actually hit the first people on the trailer. >> harris: imagine the scene. one doctor said some of the veterans started tending to the wounded. bystanders jump not guilty to help. applying tourniquets, putting pressure on bleeding wounds. but they say they could not save three u.s. army veterans and one
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marine. three of them, whom had already received purple hearts, the fourth was awaiting one. war heros who had risked their lives for our nation already and who yesterday were being honored for their service before they died in a terrible accident that you just saw at a train crossing in west texas. casey stegall with the news live in midland. federal investigators speaking there today. >> yeah. we've been getting our your dates from the ntsb. that agency has 16 investigators on the ground here in midland. they've recovered some key evidence. they note train was going 61 miles per hour in a 70 zone. they say there was a camera mounted on the front. it was also equipped with something similar to a black box on an airplane that will help paint an exact picture of what happened in the moments before this horrific accident. >> those recorders, as we speak, are in the air on their way to washington, d.c. for analysis in a laboratory. now, what kind of information
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are we going to get? speed and braking. >> look at the still picture moments before the impact. the ntsb telling us they have not yet determined if the warning signals were functioning properly as this float made its way into this intersection as people were cheering and welcoming home their heros. >> harris: thank you very much. as the fox report rolls along, we'll talk about a loss of jobs and i cons in this country. the company behind twinkie, ohios and snowballs is shutting down. that means thousands and thousands of employees are out of work. many americans are racing to get their hands on their favorite sweet treats while they still can. [ male announcer ] wouldn't it be cool if you could combine
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>> harris: iconic company that sold sugary snacks to generations of wide eyed kids today announced it's closing its doors for good. laying off thousands of americans in the process. hostess, the maker of twinkies and wonder bread suspended operations at all of its pantries making good on a threat to shut down if striking workers refused to go back to work. those employees protesting pay cuts that hostess imposed after it filed for bankruptcy protection in january. the ceo says the company could not survive an extended strike. hostess asking a bankruptcy judge for permission now to sell itself off in parts. and lay off more than 8,000 employees. the "fox business" network's rich edison has more. what are the bakers union and the hostess companies saying tonight? >> that it's the other side's fault. hostess says union workers paid benefits and work rules were too expensive and unsustainable. some of the company's union workers agreed to management's offer. its bakers union refused and hostess blame that had strike
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for crippling their business. the bakers union president pinned it on management, saying in a statement, our members decided that they were not going to agree to another round of outrageous wage and benefit cuts and give up their pension only to see yet another management team fail and wall street vulture capitalists restructuring specialists walk away with untold millions of dollars. analysts point to factors like higher costs for fuel, ingredients and strong competition. >> harris: i understand that if they're going to sell themselves off in parts, that would mean that some brands would stay. we might still be able to get twinkies? >> that's right. twinkies, wonder bread, cupcakes. there's a market there. hostess goes through liquidation. investors will bid on the brands and if investors think they can turn a profit, twinkies and maybe a few others would likely be back on store shelves. >> harris: you have to wonder if any of those 18,500 people might be able to get their jobs back. we would not know that yet. thank you. good to see you. among the 33 hostess plants set to close a wonder bread
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baker in denver and people rushing to the store to stock up on favorite treats. shoppers had to wait outside for their chance to empty the shelves. you can see people left with bags filled with goodies. millions of gamers heard the call of duty this week and didn't wait long to answer it. the maker of the popular video game series reporting its latest version "black ops 2" took in more than $500 million during its first full day of sales. that is a new record. we'll have more. former c.i.a. director david petraeus appearing in the game there as secretary of defense in the year 2025. the company said the decision to include him came months before he stepped down as head of the c.i.a. israelis and palestinians moving closer to a possible ground war tonight. egypt used to be a key u.s. ally in times like this. but tonight the egyptians are taking sides and analysts say it could make things very
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complicated. plus, president obama and congressional leaders trying to cut a deal to keep us all from plunging off the so-called fiscal cliff. that's coming up as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news.
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>> harris: two men burst into a store and pistol whip the clerk. they don't even get any cash. our top story on a fox trip across america. massachusetts. the store's owner says security cameras show a lookout man.
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then two more guys rush in. one pointing a gun at the clerk. they run behind the counter and whack him in the head with the gun. then another customer comes in and the crooks take off without any money. >> he's going to be all right. he's just got a few stitches. >> harris: the suspects still on the run. indiana. a man dressed as a cat walks no a gas station. security cameras catching the whole thing of the he's with a couple of friends holding their smart phones behind him. then the cat man throws the stuffed animal at the clerk and knocks over a rack of chips on his way out. the clerk says it happened twice in three days. washington. a painting by salvador dali shows up in a pile of goodwill donations in a store north of tacoma. the sketch has the artist signature and a certificate of authenticity. the store put it up for auction and the leading bid is already nearly $8,000.
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tennessee. two snow leopard cubs getting ready to meet their fans at the zoo. no leopard appreciation day is this weekend and it will be the first time they appear in public. they're only six weeks old. that's a fox watch across america. i'm harris faulkner in for shepard smith. this is the fox report. it's the bottom of the hour. time for the top of the news. the white house says the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu called president obama today to update him on the fighting with gaza. the israelis report they've launched more than 600 air strikes in gaza since the military operations began. while hamas has hit israel with nearly 400 rockets, mortars and missiles. israel reporting about a quarter of those landed today alone. the white house reports netanyahu thanked the president for america's investment in israel's iron dome defense system that targets incoming rockets. netanyahu saying that system has
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saved countless israeli lives. the leaders also reportedly talked about ways to end the latest eruption of violence. this killed at least 30 people so far. in the past, the west has looked to egypt to try to calm tensions between the israelis and palestinians. but this time with a new regime in egypt, things could be a little more complicated and more difficult. the fox report's chief correspondent, jonathan hunt live at the united nations tonight. egypt's words and actions are crucial here. >> yeah. absolutely because egypt is one of two countries. the other being turkey -- that has any influence whatsoever over hamas. but right now egypt's new must be must be president, morsi, is standing four square behind the militants and reserving all his criticism for the israelis. that is a radical departure from the policies of previous egyptian president, hosni mubarak. morsi sent his prime minister to gaza today in a show of
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solidarity. although u.s. officials all seem reluctant to criticize egypt's actions right now. listen. >> we are encouraged that they are engaged fully in this and we appreciate the fact that prime minister went personally to try to ameal orrate the situation and will continue to work with them on the efforts that we can all take to try to deescalate. >> now, it may be that egyptian officials are saying one thing publicly for the arab street, and doing and saying different things privately. that might be why the u.s. is not criticizing president morsi of egypt right now. if indeed he means what he says, then he is effectively reshaping the entire egypt-israeli peace treaty and that will affect the stability of the entire region. it is absolutely critical what egypt says and does in the next
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few days. >> harris: you're standing outside the united nations. people may be wondering, is anybody inside that building going to take any action? >> not at the moment. there has been talk of a possible security council meeting. it has not materialized. we did get a statement read out by the spokesman for u.n. secretary general, moon. >> he urgently appeals to all concerns to do everything under their command to stop this dangerous escalation and restore calm. rocket attacks are unacceptable and must stop at once. israel must exercise maximum restraint. >> one other thing to watch here is israel's northern border with lebanon, home, of course, to hezbollah. remember back in 2006 when israel went into gaza in the wake of the kidnapping of the soldier. hezbollah took advantage of that to start launching rockets
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across the northern border into israel. it is something everybody is watching very closely. hezbollah frankly is pretty busy right now trying to prop up their regime of its ally, president assad in syria. but you can be sure that the israeli defense forces are watching that northern border very, very closely right now. >> harris: jonathan hunt, thank you very much. in addition to rockets, israel and hamas are also battling each other on-line. the israeli defense force has consistently and constantly updated its official twitter account since this conflict began. one tweet reads, quote, we recommend that hamas operatives whether low level or senior level, show their faces above ground in days ahead. the militant wing of hamas responding with its own tweet. quote, our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are. you opened hell gates on yourselves, end quote. and all of this is going on despite twitter's policy against
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direct specific threats of violence. you've been hearing about it. economic crisis just a few weeks away potentially if lawmakers don't do something about it. president obama meeting with congressional leaders from both political parties to try to get them back from the brink. if they can't reach a deal by new year's day, tax also go up, deep automatic spending cuts take effect. economists warning the combination of that could propel news another recession and higher unemployment. before today's meeting, the president said everyone agrees it's urgent to get a deal done. >> we've got to make sure that taxes don't go up on middle class families, that our economy remains strong, that we're creating jobs, and that's an agenda that democrats and republicans and independents, people all across the country share. >> harris: after that meeting, congressional leaders said they're confident they can get a deal done. james rosen live at the white house. james, all this talk. how about some action? anything coming from those talks
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today? >> harris, to use a political science term, everybody seemed to play nice, but there was really no indication of exactly how a compromise might be forged. the morning session lasted over an hour. president obama spoke of dealing with, quote, long-term impediments to growth, but otherwise said nothing about how to rein in entitlement spending. he talked about pursuing, a quote, balanced approach to slashing the nation's $16 trillion debt which has meant a tax increase for the top 2% wage earners. house minority leader nancy pelosi said no one at this meeting broached any specific numbers for the overall deal. >> i think it would be good if we did something in a $4 trillion category of deficit reduction, which is similar to the grand bargain that was discussed last year and so that would be a standard that i would have, but i don't want to give you the impression that that was
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the goal. maybe we could do more. >> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell said the republicans are willing to look at enhanced revenue collection, but only if what he called the real problem, entitlement spending, is also on the table. >> harris: james, we did get our first indications of the timetable for a possible deal today. >> that's true. the congressional leaders said their aim is to try to get to the president's desk some outline of a deal by the week after thanksgiving. >> i outlined a framework of the deal with reforming our tax code and reforming our spending. and i believe that the framework that i've outlined in our meeting today is consistent with the president's call for a fair and balanced approach. >> congresswoman nancy pelosi said one goal is fort government to project confidence to consumers and the markets. >> harris: james rosen, thank you very much. tough times for the agency
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which insures one third of all mortgages in america. now analysts are warning we may have to shell out your tax dollars, our tax dollars, on another bailout. what the feds are doing to avoid that. plus, who would steal from the victims of super storm sandy? police say it's happening. and now they're taking to the air to try to catch looters in the act. fox's rick leventhal with a look at security from the sky
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mortgages with very low down payments, mainly for first time home buyers. annual audit released found the agency as you said, has a $16.3 billion capital reserve shortfall because of mortgages going bad. but the fha is down playing the possibility of a bailout. it says it expects to add $11 billion in capital from new business in the year ahead. it also announced a slight increase in fees today in some other new steps to improve its finances. it says it hopes all of this will put its capital position back in the black within the fiscal year. the agency says that should reduce the likelihood that it will need to tap its credit line with the treasury department. the other government housing insurers, fannie mae and freddie mac got $187 billion and repaid a quarter of it. >> harris: i have kind of a two-part thought on this. this sounds really familiar. that's the first part. how big could this bailout be?
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>> one fha critic thinks a real overhaul approved by congress could cost billions, maybe tens of billions. >> bite the bullet. maybe recap talibanize them to the tune of $25 billion if they can earn their way out reasonably, that's fine. but if they can't, the money is there. let's not try to grow their way out of it, which is what they've been doing since 2008. >> in the meantime, officials say they won't make any announcement about tapping the treasury for any taxpayer funding until the president releases his 2014 budget in february. harris? >> harris: thank you very much. the new york city police department is shining a light on the aftermath of sandy. officers are helping to prevent super storm victims from becoming crime victims. they're using helicopters in powerful spot lights to stop looters from robbing storm damaged homes in the dead of night. rick folbaum is live in the new
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york city area of queens. you went along on one of these late night patrols. do police say this looting is on the rise at this point in. >> well, they believe their aggressive tactics are keeping the looters in check. that includes installing 500 of these light towers in some of these hardest hit areas. neighborhoods like this one in breezy point that lost power. the homes were mostly intact, but there is no one living in them. so they're ripe for theft. that's why they've deployed their aviation unit overhead. these helicopters are flying over these hardest hit areas that are without power, but using high powered spot lights. they're also surveilling with other equipment. illuminating them and trying to remind people on the ground that the nypd is watching. >> through the air we see any trouble, any looting, any large groups of people creating chaos. we have radio capability which we can tell ground troops where to go, direction of flight, approximately how many people to
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let them know basically how to approach an area. >> the pilots are also police officers. so if they see something on the ground, they can radio to front units or and they can be dispatched quickly to scenes that might be troublesome. >> harris: so frustrating that they have to spend time and resources on this while people are hurting as well. but they have to protect their investments. and i understand they have other high-tech tools, too. >> yeah. it's not just the spot lights. they have a couple million dollars worth of high-tech equipment that includes clear infrared. it's a device that can see heat images in the dark. it shows up on a screen in the helicopter itself, either a warm body or hot vehicle engine. the officers can read that and again, relay that information to people back on the ground. these neighborhoods are really vulnerable. nice homes, empty. people aren't here. and the bad guys could hit them. but they say they are keeping
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the crime in check because of these tactics. >> harris: thank you very much. amid the storm's devastation, a woman in new jersey says she discovered a 70-year-old love story. she says she came across a bundle of handwritten letters that washed up on the beach the day after sandy hit. when they began to dry out, she began reading them. >> there isn't much more to tell you tonight, dear. i love you very much, yours always, dotty. they were allly tied with a pink ribbon. so i automatically knew they were love letters. >> harris: she says she learned a woman from the same area wrote those letters between 1942 and 1947. they were for her fiance who served in world war ii. congressional republicans working on their own plan that would give legal status to some illegal immigrants. so how is it different from the democrats' dream act? we'll take a peek. stay s the fastest. with us.
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okay, i have a different chart. going that way, does that make a difference ? look at verizon. it's so much more than the other ones. so what if we just changed the format altogether ? isn't that the exact same thing ? it's pretty clear. still sticking with verizon. verizon. more 4g lte coverage than all other networks combined.
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>> harris: we're learning republican lawmakers are working on an alternative to the dream act. it would give some illegal immigrants a path to legal u.s. citizenship. remember fox news exit polls showed 71% of hispanics backed president obama on election day. only 27% supported governor mitt romney. mike emmanuel is live in d.c tell us what's now behind the achieve act. >> two retiring u.s. senators and a senate republican rising star, kay bailey hutchison of texas, jon kile from arizona, and florida's marco rubio for hutchison and kyle, they're leaving at the end of the year, so they'd love to push this across the finish line. this would give the children of illegal immigrants legal status with visas and if they do all the right things, eventually a shot at citizenship. but unlike the dream act, this doesn't allow the young people to jump ahead of those who would like to be legal immigrants. >> i think it strikes a balance because there is a concern,
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there is people who have been waiting in line for ten years and waiting to come into this country and so i think this strikes that balance. so now these children will be able to go to college. will be able to join the military and then after that, get a work visa for four years. >> republicans note president obama's executive action, the dream act, is only temporary and many think this could be the permanent fix. >> harris: mike, does this suggest that some republicans might be changing their tone on this issue? >> there is definitely an alarm sounding considering the republican ticket did worse this time with latino voters than since 1996 and there are millions more of them voting. rubio says they need to talk to latinos about what they're for and tone is important. >> it's really hard to get people to listen to you on economic growth, on tax rates, on health care if they think you want to deport their grandmother. there is common sense involved in terms of how you portray. rhetoric is important.
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>> winning future elections is going to require expanding the gop base. >> harris: mike, good to see you. thank you very much. america's election season may finally be over, but in another country, they're trying to nominate an animal for president. our top story as we go around the world in 80 seconds. ecuador. dozens of supporters escorted the donkey to the electoral office in the country's biggest city. mr. donkey, as they call him, even has a registration form with his head super imposed onto a business suit. organizers say the stunt is aimed at gettings young voters to vote. he didn't make the ballot, but every celebrated anyway. peru. a stand-off at a southern prison with know noriously bad conditions. police say prisoners rioted and took 14 workers hostage. but you can see some of the inmates surrendering. police saying they freed all the hostages now. no one was hurt.
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taiwan. artist in a northern city created a sculpture to celebrate the upcoming year of the snake. and parts of it barely visible to the naked eye. but it's it's about to eat an elephant and fits on the tip of a pencil. the guy says it took six months to get it right. philippines. a city let toe road race in the shoe capitol of the country. the course, about 500 yards long. there is a race for women and one for men. one guy saying he now salutes women who wear those heels all the time. and that's a wrap on this fox trip around the world in 80 seconds. if you're feeling a bit sluggish on this friday night, you might soon reach for a new version of a ballpark favorite. crackerjacks with a kick. but they're not for kids
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this car is too small. >> the maker of crackerjacks putting something special inside bags of its latest line of snacks. but it's not a prize. critics say it's hardly kid friendly. the new crackerjacked brand includes a couple flavors that contain the caffeine equivalent to a cup of soda. the company says it suggested the packaging to make sure customers don't confuse it. all marketing for the products will be ex clues sievely aimed at adult consumers and the package design and appearance are different from crackerjack to insure there is no confusion, end quote. you may need some caffeine yourself if you plan to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower. astronomers say it will make a return appearance sometime before dawn tomorrow and the meteors are actually space debris from a comet that swings through the solar system once every 33 years or so. researchers say the moon will be out of view by the time the
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display lights up the sky, which should make for some stunning views. on this day in 2008, an era ended on mtv as the network aired the final episode of "total request live." remember that? it attracted large crowds of screaming fans each day outside its time square studio while the biggest pop stars in music appeared inside. it encouraged viewer participation, asking teen-agers to vote for their favorite videos. it helped launch the career of its original host, remember? carson daley. and solidified musicians like britney spears. the network's reality shows began to overshadow it and executives decided to cancel it. four years ago today. that is how fox report on this friday, november 16, 2012. i'm harris faulkner. i'll see you tomorrow night, same time for fox report weekend. shep is back here on

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